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Art 1 Project Collection

Identifier: UNMA-180

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains a copy of coding used to create the ART 1 (Art1) Program. There is also a folder containing instructions for how to create different kinds of objects. The majority of the collection consists of samples of artwork generated using the ART 1 Program. One folder of artwork belongs to Richard H. Williams, while the rest were created by students.


  • 1969-1970

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Historical Note

ART 1 was a computer program developed at the University of New Mexico as a result of a partnership between Richard H. Williams from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and visiting professor Katherine Nash from the University of Minnesota Department of Art. It contained approximately 350 statements written in FORTRAN IV. It was a language stored in a computer memory bank from which the artist could draw. The intention was to make the process easy so that the artist did not need to become a programmer. The designs where then printed out on a line printer, which was cutting edge technology at the time of the program.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 box)


Examples of artwork created using the ART 1 program designed by UNM professors Katherine Nash and Richard H. Williams.
Finding Aid of the Art 1 Project Collection, 1969-1970
Portia Vescio
© 2017
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131